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I'm finding it challenging to miter the inside corners on the scalloped edges of the DWR.  Here is a video I watched to see how it was handled, but I'm not finding it as easy to do as what is shown.  The binding was sewn down by machine on the top side in the same way the video suggests, and I'm having no problems mitering the front side, although I do find the process tedious.  However, when I flip it over to miter the back side, it gives me fits.  I'm open to any and all suggestions.  I've even resorted to using PINS, if that is any indication how meticulous and desperate I'm becoming. ;)  I'm using a double-fold or French fold binding (2 layers), which may be contributing to the challenge.  

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Comment by Debbie Snyder/WA on March 2, 2013 at 9:26am

Don't you just love belonging to this forum.  All these amazing quilters with helpful tips! I did a wall hanger with a stair step bottom which had 4 inside corners and I told myself never again. It can be a struggle but I found that the more I trimed away the better it turned out.  So glad you got your groove.  It's all about practice and patience isn't it. 

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on February 28, 2013 at 10:06pm

I'm actually now about half done with the binding.  Mitering is turning out to be a non-issue.  I am pinning the front side (which is the easy part), and after watching a Sharon Schamber video on mitered binding (more specifically reverse miters or reverse darts on the back side, the lightbulb switched on for me.  It is going WAY better than what I feared, and I'm having no problems with it at all.  I appreciate all the encouragement and suggestions.  

Comment by Barbara Graham on February 28, 2013 at 5:46pm

I have no advice PQ--just encouragement. I have yet to tackle that project but feel your frustration. Hang in there.

Comment by Lynne on February 28, 2013 at 5:13pm

PQ,,,I just did a google search for continuous binding, gives charts, etc. Google inside miter corners quilting,,, has a lot of pictures.   Also check out  http://thriftyquilter.blogspot.com/2...-tutorial.html


Also, never worry about doing bias binding,,,in the tube method.  1 yard will give you loads of binding,,, more than you would ever need.   I did make extra for each DWR I made,, easier to repair the binding with the extra.   Also, someone years ago mentioned to me, that with double fold, if it wears out you see the backside of the fabric. 


Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on February 28, 2013 at 4:29pm

Thanks, Lynne.  I'll give it a try.

Comment by Lynne on February 28, 2013 at 4:15pm

PQ,,, when I did my 2 DWR's,, I used single fold bias binding.  It tends to give easier than double, especially if you are going with the curves on the DWR.  I use pins, and when I get to an inside miter, I make sure the front of the quilt has a nice crisp fold in the miter area,, I have never clipped the seam,, pin the front and on the back start folding to get another crisp fold.  Taking your needle,, and stitch to the miter,, stiitching the miter down,and stitching the miter itself,, then pass the needle thru the quilt to the front, and stitch that down,, pass to the back and continue on.

Hope this makes some sense.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on February 28, 2013 at 3:14pm

Thanks for the encouragement.  I'm sticking with it, and I know it will be worth it in the end.  

Comment by Cat Lady--MO on February 28, 2013 at 8:33am

PQ, as mentioned Marci is using a French Fold (double) binding in her demo.  By the way, this is the video I have watched before but could not remember how to access it when I made a previous post about using a French Fold bias binding on curves.

And what is wrong with using pins?  I pin my mitered corners in place when I am sewing them on a regular rectangle quilt.  Just take your time. Each one will become easier as you come to it.  Or at least I hope it does.

Comment by Billie Blakeney on February 27, 2013 at 3:45pm

Good grief....I opened up a can fo worms! I'm so sorry! Try not to agonize over mitering! Do what feels rightyo you and what is acceptable to you. If it makes you happy do what makes you and your Maker happy. The rec ipient will love it and your efforts will be greatly appreciated!

Comment by Pam/NY on February 27, 2013 at 12:40pm

She is using a double fold...which is bulkier...are you cutting close to the seam and clipping a close in the corner area? All those little closers...grrrr! That's why envelope hem on scallops...I know that you want to strangle me! Watch the video and do each step as she goes, that helps me.

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